GCBC Week 11: Watching with all Perseverance

Watching with All Perseverance by Elder David A. Bednar

Fist of all, I am a slacker. I didn’t even realize until yesterday that I totally forgot to do GCBC last week. So anyway, it’s been a very busy couple of weeks for me and now it’s almost midnight and I have to be at church by 5 a.m. tomorrow to send youth off on a History Trek, so this will be a little thrown together. How’s that for a long list of disclaimers?

This talk by Elder Bednar is fantastic. I love how he always gives very specific, direct, and often repetitive counsel.  Read, watch or listen to it here.

Study it this week and tell us what you learn.


15 thoughts on “GCBC Week 11: Watching with all Perseverance

  1. We are senior CES missionaries in Brazil and think your idea and help here is wonderful. I believe that many of us have made the personal committment to read all of the talks each Conference but few have done that, me included. This is an easy way to stay with our current committment. We are catching up on the past articles in your website and will include your link in our monthly newsletter to our family who are all in the “diaper” stage now. Thank you!
    Jim & Shirlyn

  2. This talk was timely for me. I’ve been thinking about how well I’m doing at helping my children to learn the gospel. I love his point about teaching them to be “doers” and not just “hearers”. I’m trying to figure out how to teach that concept to my 8 & 6 year old–it’s such an important concept for them to learn.

  3. I just read this talk this morning! You were inspired. ;o)

    What I learned is that his three “steps” are 1) teach your children about others living the gospel (read scriptures), 2) teach your children how YOU live the gospel (bear testimony), and 3) encourage them to have their own experiences living the gospel.

    I heart Elder Bednar.

  4. Sometimes it’s so easy to feel discouraged in how I’m doing as a parent. This talk helped me look at myself honestly to see where I was doing okay and where I need to improve. I’m doing okay on Component 2, and could improve in the Component 3 department. I really need to work on Component 1 though, and I think the other 2 will improve almost by default.

    I need to work on my daily Book of Mormon study. The Book of Mormon is one of the things that set us apart from other religions. Not only do I need to have a firm testimony of it, but my children do also. My oldest is deaf and on the autism spectrum and I’ve too long been living the excuse that “I don’t know how to teach her this information.” But, honestly, there are resources out there that the church provides. I just need to do it and stop being afraid. How can I not when he says, “Only in this way can our children be prepared spiritually for the challenges of mortality.”?

    I love this promise that he gives at the end. “The spiritual discernment and inspiration you will receive from the combination of these three holy habits will enable you to stand as watchmen on the tower for your families…”

  5. This talk was a great reminder that I need to make more of an effort to read the scriptures with my kids. We look at the Childern’s readers and have flannel boards of all the book of Mormon stories, but we are lacking in the actual reading. So Monday morning we are going to start reading from the Book of Mormon!

  6. Thank you for doing this, Stephanie! I’ve enjoyed silently lurking and reading the comments over the past few months.

    I just finished reading this talk for our Relief Society lesson tomorrow. I have learned a lot this past week about our own expectations and how they affect our kids. For the longest time, I’ve solely relied on the Scripture Readers because I felt my children were “too young” to read the actual words of the Book of Mormon. This past week, I started reading to them from the Book of Mormon for just 15 minutes each morning. I was shocked when I found that we had gotten through a whole chapter that first day. By the third day, my kids were the ones reminding me that we needed to read the Book of Mormon. I have underestimated them and now know that I can (and should) expect more of them.

    I love how Elder Bednar always takes it up a notch for us. We shouldn’t just read the Book of Mormon, but we need to TALK about the Book of Mormon. This is how we can receive some of those signals–by discussing the principles that we’ve just read and by listening to their responses (both verbal and body language). This not only teaches us how to discuss the gospel with our kids, but teaches us how to communicate in general with them and keep those lines of communication open in the future. (This also touches on Elder Bednar’s point to spontaneously bear testimony–again through communication during the family dinner hour and while traveling together.) Elder Bednar says, “Such discussions–especially when parents are as eager to listen intently as they are to talk–can foster a supportive and secure environment in the home and encourage ongoing communication about difficult topics.”

    I couldn’t help but think of Joseph Smith when Elder Bednar spoke about teaching our children to act. When Joseph Smith questioned which church to join, he went to the scriptures where he found his answer to pray (James 1:5). His parents had taught him where to go when he needed answers. He had the faith that he would receive an answer to his prayer.

    As I think about what parents need most in this world when it comes to raising children, it is personal revelation on how to help their children. Our Heavenly Father has given us these children and only He knows what they truly need. Elder Bednar has given us a wonderful guide on how to receive this necessary inspiration.

  7. I loved his admonition that we must start young, very young, with our children. I’ve seen evidence of that in my own children that they’re always ready for more doctrine and spiritual opportunity than I often give them credit for.

    The part of this that I need to work on the most is his third point. We try to read and discuss fairly regularly, but I need to do a better job of helping them to recognize the application of the principles in their own lives. I know he was referring to the children when he said, “Such learning requires spiritual, mental, and physical exertion and not just passive reception,” but I think it’s true for the parent as well– it’s not easy to implement. The effort requires a lot of creativity and intentional approaches. I’m going to try to pay more attention to ways that I can incorporate scriptural principles in our day-to-day actions, schedules, plans, ideas, etc.

  8. Sometimes I read a talk and I’m so bowled over that i don’t know what to think. This talk was very timely for me as well. It’s been a rough week – mothering wise – so I’ve had to recommit myself to several things, and this is a confirmation for me of some of my feelings that I’ve had. Thanks, Stephanie.

  9. So I just finished reading this again and was anxious to read the comments. I feel like I probably am not doing a good enough job with component number three. We do number 1 pretty well, number 2 well, but number 3…I need to work on that. When I read his question: are we “helping our children become anxiously engaged in asking, seeking, and knocking?” I don’t think I talk about my personal asking, seeking and knocking out loud enough. We have family scripture study, but I do my own when the kids are asleep, or busy. I feel like I need to be a better example for them to see. It’s hard, though.

    I just loved the promise at the end of the talk. It was beautiful and powerful.

  10. Fabulous inspiration here. I am teaching on this talk in RS this Sunday and was just searching the web for some possible discussion points. Got ’em here. 🙂

  11. Hi, Stephanie! I’m teaching tomorrow and have been struggling with this one. I’m not a mom, I’m not a wife. I’m single, but I’m still a family. I’ve been trying to figure out what do to with this to make it meaningful to everyone, childless or with children, married or single.
    The word “liken” seemed to stick in my brain until I finally came up with something that I think works. I decided to focus on a looking at the moms as women first, instead of parents. After all, you can’t really teach what you aren’t yourself. If a woman can internalize the message with an application to herself first, then I believe she can better reach out to others. Well, that’s my theory anyway!

    So here’s what I came up with – the adult individual version of the Spiritual Early Warning System:

    1. Read and talk about the Book of Mormon with others. 2. Bear testimony of gospel truths spontaneously with others.
    3. Be an example of a gospel learner that acts and is not merely acted upon.

    As I look at those three concepts I’m thinking, it’s too simplistic. But I’m also feeling a burning in my chest, and have tears in my eyes, so I think I’m on the right track.

    I’m glad you and your family are settling in, but I have to say that I miss seeing you, Matt and the kids in the front right side of the chapel!


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